FIDUE A83 impressions and discussion thread
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Hi everyone, I recently got the A83 and although I'm loving it mostly, I do am annoyed by the harsh treble. I understand there's a 100 hour burn in required? I'm coming off a Westone 4. And it's being used with a DX90. Couple days in and so far not alot of improvement with this damn treble. Really fatiguing. Will this ever get better? I want to avoid EQing it for now. Really hoped I didn't have to do that. Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
 Ive never had any harsh issues :/
Try different tips - Firmware makes  a big difference. Im on Lurker 1.2.5 at the mo but the 1.2.8 has a nice dark rich bass which may help with your treble issues
(i think its 1.2.8 - anyway its the one Before the last update!)
They are a bright iem
 
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If your iems are sounding harsh, there's a good chance that you're not getting a deep enough fit with your eartips. Try some Spiral Dots or foam tips.

Also, the A83 is the polar opposite from a dark iem, so it may be quite shocking how much treble there is in comparison. Try lowering the volume level; back when I had used darker iems as my daily drivers, I always had the volume much higher than now when I am using these. Just takes some getting used to if you're willing.
 
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Yeah, it could also just be the transition from the W4 to the A83 as I've read that the W4 has more of a smooth dark tone, which is completely different from the A83. Just take some time getting used to it and should sound better.
 
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Just bought a set of these, having some issues with fit, nothing major. Any one use custom sleeves and what make?
 
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Just bought a set of these, having some issues with fit, nothing major. Any one use custom sleeves and what make?
 Do you like me, have large holes! ?
 
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Nope I think if anything the opposite.
 Hmm, well you may need to explore different tips (assuming this is the issue you are having)
These tips [sonically] are superb and very inexpensive - compared to spiral dots certainly
 
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/KZ-3-Pairs-L-M-S-In-Ear-Tips-Earbuds-Headphones-Eartips/32333783387.html
 
The pictures on the page show detailed size measeurments of the widths of the different tips which may help
Also they are medical gel and so are soft, comfortable and seem to stay in better than others
 
hope that helps
 
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Thanks, at that price worth a shot. I'm finding the stock foam giving me best results at moment. The Comply tips fit best but I sense you loose something with the mesh screen or whatever the proper term is!
 
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They may well dampen down or take of some of the 'sparkle'
When they have time to burn in you should get a better sense of which tips work best for your prefered sounds signature.
i LOVE these iems. Hope you also find them perfect for you :)
 
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Yes sure do. Rediscovering some of my favorite albums all over again.
 
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hi guys, i've been using a83 for more than a year and absolutely love it even though sometimes the left went mute at a certain angle.
i used it with ipod classic but now the ipod is dead, i'm thinking of getting a X3 or X5.
which one do you think i should get ? or other alternatives around $350 or less?
i prefer not using separate DAC as i use it on travel mostly (using separate dac is too bulky)
thanks guys
 
btw i tried a83 with calyx M, it's f-ing amazing, as expected with that price.
 
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  hi guys, i've been using a83 for more than a year and absolutely love it even though sometimes the left went mute at a certain angle.
i used it with ipod classic but now the ipod is dead, i'm thinking of getting a X3 or X5.
which one do you think i should get ? or other alternatives around $350 or less?
i prefer not using separate DAC as i use it on travel mostly (using separate dac is too bulky)
thanks guys
 
btw i tried a83 with calyx M, it's f-ing amazing, as expected with that price.
 
without going into detail...the dx90 & A83's are a perfect fit - superb synergy. You can ask H20 Fidelity for more details who also felt the same.
The only potential downside I found is the relatively short battery life...but for the sq of the sabre chips I can forgive iBasso :)
 
you might like to explore the dx80 as well - longer battery (for travel) - I havent got mine yet but have faith in iBasso! 
 
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hi guys, i've been using a83 for more than a year and absolutely love it even though sometimes the left went mute at a certain angle.
i used it with ipod classic but now the ipod is dead, i'm thinking of getting a X3 or X5.
which one do you think i should get ? or other alternatives around $350 or less?
i prefer not using separate DAC as i use it on travel mostly (using separate dac is too bulky)
thanks guys

btw i tried a83 with calyx M, it's f-ing amazing, as expected with that price.

I'll suggest iBasso DX50, DX90 or iBasso DX80, all perform well with Fidue A83. Or, for just $110 you can get the XDuoo X3 with dual micro sd card slots I went a bit crazy using the XDuoo X3 for a while there with A83.

I'll give you that thread to check out.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/782912/xduoo-x3-dsd-24bit-192khz-cs4398-chip-lossless-music-player#post_11963872


If you're more interested in the iBasso units head over to the portable source gear section.

http://www.head-fi.org/f/15/portable-source-gear


As for me and my A83, I've decided it's finally time to upgrade the cable. Got a nice piece coming my way, Brooko will be impressed. Because I want the housings to be able to rotate as it improves the fit. The stubby nozzles and stock cable preventing the housing from spinning and only add to the fit problems.
 
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without going into detail...the dx90 & A83's are a perfect fit - superb synergy. You can ask H20 Fidelity for more details who also felt the same.
The only potential downside I found is the relatively short battery life...but for the sq of the sabre chips I can forgive iBasso :)
 
you might like to explore the dx80 as well - longer battery (for travel) - I havent got mine yet but have faith in iBasso! 
thanks for the reply man
how long is dx90's battery life?
 
but dx90 is too expensive in malaysia (almost $550)
 
@H20Fidelity thanks man, gonna check them out 
 
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without going into detail...the dx90 & A83's are a perfect fit - superb synergy. You can ask H20 Fidelity for more details who also felt the same.
The only potential downside I found is the relatively short battery life...but for the sq of the sabre chips I can forgive iBasso :)
 
you might like to explore the dx80 as well - longer battery (for travel) - I havent got mine yet but have faith in iBasso! 
thanks for the reply man
how long is dx90's battery life?
 
but dx90 is too expensive in malaysia (almost $550)
 
Thats a shame - check H20Fidelity's post above for some other alternatives :wink: - people seem to get different results - I think mine lasts 6-7 hours. Maybe depends on headphones used ie: how much juice they need + how much processing is needed for the audio - I only really listen to 24/96 - 24/192 flac...occasionally 16/44 with exceptional cd's ! :) Also, Ive just started using my portable headphone amp again - not sure how that will effect battery life
If youre in Malaysia, a Cowon may an upgrade option from the ipod although the DAP's H2OFidelity mention are a big upgrade from the cowon Daps 
 
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